SteamOS Beta


SteamOS Beta is the first public release of our Linux-based operating system. The base system draws from Debian 7, code named Debian Wheezy. It is built on top of the solid Debian core and optimizes it for a living room experience. So, download and start building your Steam machine.

SteamOS

Download

SteamOS Default download – 2.4GB

SteamOS Custom download – 960MB

SteamOS source repository

System Requirement

Processor: Intel or AMD 64-bit capable processor
Memory: 4GB or more RAM
Hard Drive: 500GB or larger disk
Video Card: NVIDIA graphics card
(AMD and Intel graphics support coming soon!)
Additional:
  • UEFI boot support
  • USB port for installation

Default Installation

You will need to create a SteamOS System Restore USB stick to perform this install. The image provided here requires at least a 1TB disk.

  1. Format a 4GB or larger USB stick with the FAT32 filesystem. Use “SYSRESTORE” as the partition name.
  2. Unzip the contents of SYSRESTORE.zip to this USB stick to create the System Restore USB stick.
  3. Put the System Restore USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11 or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
  4. Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like “UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP”. If there is no UEFI entry, you may need to enable UEFI support in your BIOS setup.
  5. Select “Restore Entire Disk” from the GRUB menu.
  6. When it is complete it will shutdown. Power on the machine to boot into your freshly re-imaged SteamOS.

Custom Installation

The second method is based on the Debian Installer. It requires multiple configuration steps:

  1. Unzip the SteamOS.zip file to a blank, FAT32-formatted USB stick.
  2. Put the USB stick in your target machine. Boot your machine and tell the BIOS to boot off the stick. (usually something like F8, F11, or F12 will bring up the BIOS boot menu).
  3. Make sure you select the UEFI entry, it may look something like “UEFI: Patriot Memory PMAP”. If there is no UEFI entry, you may need to enable UEFI support in your BIOS setup.
  4. Selected “Automated install” from the menu.
  5. The rest of the installation is unattended and will repartition the drive and install SteamOS.
  6. After installation is complete, log onto the resulting system (using the Gnome session) with the predefined “steam” account. The password is “steam”. Run steam, accept the EULA, and let it bootstrap. Logoff the steam account.
  7. Log on with the “desktop” account. The password is “desktop”.
  8. From a terminal window, run ~/post_logon.sh. This will prompt for a password – enter “desktop”. This script will perform the post-install customizations, delete itself, then reboot into the recovery partition capture utility.
  9. Confirm “y” to continue and the recovery partition will be created. When it is finished, reboot into your freshly installed SteamOS.

SteamOS Beta

Virtual Box Installation Tutorial: If you don’t want to do any destructive testing, just try it in virtual box.

Note: To access the SteamOS desktop, it must be enabled from the Steam Settings menu. Select Settings (the gear icon in the top right) then select Interface and check the “Enable access to the Linux desktop” box. Now the Exit button will have an additional option, “Return to Desktop” that will switch to the SteamOS desktop.

Build your own Steam Machines and Njoy!


About Cell aka Abhishek

A Technology Fanatic, Open-source lover, a future Entrepreneur, & an Innovative thinker, is presently working as a R&D Engineer in the Wind Turbine Industry.